Saturday, August 20, 2016

Shakespeare and Scripture

Bob Hostetler offers a fresh new devotional for those of us who love the English of King James and of Queen Elizabeth I.  For every day of the year you will find a Scripture, a Shakespeare quote, and a short devotional offering insights from the Bible that inspired the Bard of Avon. Pick up some fun facts each day as well.

This beautiful book with purple dust jacket would make a fine gift for your favorite English teacher, actor, librarian, or general bookworm.  I know this KJV-reading lover of words thoroughly enjoyed previewing this devotional!

The book is available in hardcover and Kindle formats.  I received a complimentary review copy from the publisher for my honest review.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

E.C. Jackson Offers Another "Hope" Novel

A Living Hope is the story of Sadie, a young woman who seems to have destroyed her life and burned all bridges to her past.  Finding the courage to return home, however, starts a series of events that remind her there is always hope for those who place their trust in Jesus.  The man she left, the man who abused her, and the friends and family she avoided all are affected by Sadie's choices--both the bad ones of the past and the good ones she has a chance to make.

E.C. Jackson weaves a story of imperfect people working through misunderstandings, secrets, traumas, and just plain stubbornness. In other words, her characters are like many of us!  She builds complex characters with believable struggles.  Happy endings don't come easily, but must be worked through with prayer, honest communication, and the willingness to step out in faith and do the right things.

This is a worthy successor to Jackson's earlier novel, A Gateway to Hope.

Friday, July 15, 2016

More Historical Fiction from Angela Hunt

Another volume in the Dangerous Beauty series, Delilah is an entertaining novel based on the woman we meet only briefly in the book of Judges.  While we know only that Delilah betrayed Samson, Angela Hunt uses her imagination to weave one possible story of what might lead a beautiful woman down a path that led to the betrayal of a lover to an enemy.

History and geography are skillfully woven into the story, along with fictionalized accounts of other events from the Bible, such as Samson's wedding riddle.  Readers of historical fiction will want to add this book to their collections.

I received a free review copy of the book from the publisher for my honest assessment.

You can get your own copy at your local Christian book store or on Amazon.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Enjoyable Fiction with an Irish Flavor

The Irish Civil War is not a typical topic for historical fiction/science fiction/fantasy, so this novel is unique.  The characters are believable, even when they do unbelievable things like time travel.  The struggles of real history blend with Irish myth to create a page-turning tale.  Bury the Living will be released soon. I received an electronic copy from the publisher via NetGalley for my honest review.

Pre-order on Amazon

Friday, July 8, 2016

The Life We Never Expected: Book Review

Like most married couples, Andrew and Rachel Wilson expected their children to be reasonably healthy, go to school, play sports, get married.....

Parents of children with special needs have to adjust one or more of those normal expectations.  In the Wilson family, special needs took the form of regressive autism in both their son and daughter.  This book expresses their thoughts on their journey so far.  They speak from the midst of the furnace, as people who know the One who walks with them in the fire.

From dealing with physical exhaustion to dealing with the grief over dead expectations to seeing the blessings in what they do have, the Wilsons express the struggle many of us have as we live in a fallen world that has not yet been healed completely by the Creator.  Especially encouraging tomany parents will b Andrew's "Reflections on Healing." Consider that God will heal in one of 4 ways: 
  1. The daily healing built into our bodies as we recover from a virus or injury;
  2. Miraculous healing like Jesus and the apostles did and that we may see when we pray;
  3. Healing through the hands of doctors, therapists, etc.; and
  4. Healing in eternity when all are healed.
This book should be in church libraries as a valuable resource for parents, teachers, and ministers.  Get your copy here.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Reformation and Romance: Luther and Katharina

Jody Hedlund has written this historical novel with great respect for the history of the protestant reformation.  As an American by birth, I struggle to imagine the anguish of being persecuted or executed for leaving a church or religious order.  The sacrifices made by so many who confronted corruption in their church, translated the Bible into common languages, and dared to trust individuals to pray and read Scripture for themselves made possible the freedom Americans still enjoy today.

Readers who enjoy "romance" that is not sappy, happy, and silly will enjoy this mix of history, romance, and action/adventure. I'm confident this book will be enjoyed by my church library patrons.

I received an Advance Review Copy from the publisher for my honest review.

Get your own copy on Amazon.